Letters, Sept. 9
Alan DeBoer opposes vaccine mandates (letter, Sept. 5).
His second argument implies a freedom to die. I agree. There ought to be a right to control the destiny of one’s body. But none of our rights are absolute or unlimited.
The time, place, and manner (e.g. loudspeakers) of speech and assembly may be regulated and content too (inciting violence; obscenity). Possession of guns is regulated (denied to felons and domestic abusers; not allowed in schools or public buildings).
Religious ceremonies may be circumscribed (peyote). A woman’s right not to bring a birth to term ends at the third trimester.
So sometimes our rights must be moderated when they run up against the rights of others or the need to protect society against danger or injury.
Alan is additionally concerned that loss of jobs could disrupt the workforce. But there’s no constitutional right to a job. Workers have freedom to choose between vaccinating or leaving.
Employers have choices too: create a safe workplace or increase risk (and liability) for community spread of a deadly virus which in 18 months has already caused massive economic and societal disruption — 40 million cases and over 665,000 lives lost.
Our rights matter
I usually do not agree with Alan DeBoer. I have been practicing Christian Science for 40 years now and know for sure that there is more than one way to skin a pig or heal an ailment.
Christian Science has been collecting data for more than 100 years: written testimonies of healings from hundreds of thousands of folks of every disease including cancer, diabetes and COVID. What is often said in these testimonies is: “mainstream medicine” had given up on the patient.
History has spent time and money defaming Christian Science and other systems of healing that rely on God/prayer as the remedy for dis-ease. Why is this OK? The First Amendment guarantees the right to speech and religion both. These rights are melting away before our eyes.
Perhaps this is where Alan and I agree. Our rights as inherent human beings really matter.
Normally when a drug is being rigorously tested, proving efficacy and usefulness, there is a group of citizens called the “control group” so that some years down the road there will be a medium to measure the effectiveness of the solutions we apply today.
I volunteer to be part of the control group.